Ku Ring Gai Chase NP – Duckholes

I went for a small walk with Don to the Duckholes near West Head in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP. Our primary aim was to see some of the Waratahs before they went out of season. Waratahs are from the genus Telopea and the common name is derived from the traditional land users of the Sydney region. This particular species Telopea speciosissima, or the New South Wales Waratah is to me the most stunning. These plants are the emblem of NSW and bloom in early Spring. They are most prolific after around two years after a fire. This specimen was found upstream of the Duckholes. (30d, 180mm, f3.5, 1/250)

The second photo is a type of Sundew and Ive gone for one of the more arty photos of it. We had a lot of wind when we were trying to take these shots so getting a typicalsh one of the plant became too hard. (30d, 180mm, f3.5, 1/800, iso 800). Sundews, including this species Drosera peltata, are carnivorous plants, supplementing their nutrients with insects trapped in the sticky liquid on the end of hairs. Once trapped the hairs wrap up and the insect is dissolved. This provides nitrogen which is often lacking in the sandy soils. A quote from Robinson’s plant field guide says “Jewelled with rubies small and bright, Each on a crimson stem, Upheld, to catch the chequer’d light”. I feel this sums up the motives for this photo well.

The next post will be a quick one from a Turpentine/Ironbark patch found in Glenorie Primary School. Im finding a lot of my shots with this lens now are at 800iso. It looks and prints fine for me. Am pondering the possibilities of an upgrade to something that is even cleaner and allows more latitude and more dynamic range at higher ISO. We’ll see

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~ by adamrose on September 28, 2010.

One Response to “Ku Ring Gai Chase NP – Duckholes”

  1. Some gorgeous colours here!

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